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Facing Future

2 Ratings: 5.0
Indie Music and World Music album by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

To gauge the magnitude of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's popularity in his native Hawaii, consider this: following his death in 1997 (at age 38, attributed to his profound obesity), Kamakawiwo'ole's body lay in state in the state capitol, only the second person … see full wiki

2 reviews about Facing Future
review by . September 22, 2004
I can't imagine anyone listening to the music of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and not experiencing an almost overwhelming flow of emotions. His voice can be haunting and ethereal, and his music forms a solid bridge between the traditional music of the Hawaiian Islands and that of today.     The best known selection (and if you've ever spent time in Hawaii, the most omnipresent tune) on this CD is his rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. With apologies to Judy Garland, Iz' version …
review by . August 01, 2004
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Israel Kamakawio'ole will forever be one of Hawaii's best singers and ukulele players. Facing Future is argurably his best solo album. I love every track on this album. My favorite track is Somewhere Over the Rainbow and What A Wonderful World. This song has become a popular anthem of celebration in Hawaii for special events like graduations and weddings. Another standout track is Henehene Kou Aka. Israel expresses the beauty of the Hawaiian language so well here. This song also shows the playful …
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Facing Future
Label: Mountain Apple Company
Genre: World Music, Indie Music
Release Date: September 1, 1993
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